Olympic Village, Newington, Australia

The Project
Beyond the fountains, streams and lawns at the north end of the Olympic Sports Park, a new town spreads low across a gentle rise of the landscape.

Looking north-east, the buildings read like dazzling white siedlungen – German and Dutch housing blocks of modernist cubic style – but altered for the moderate Sydney climate, to add generous open terraces projecting from the facades.

A kind of protective, but dynamic, city wall Massed together, these 18 apartment buildings form a kind of protective, but dynamic, city wall (five storeys high) along the edge of the Newington estate.
This was the athlete’s village for the two weeks of the 2000 Olympic Games.

Newington has 1,133 dwellings in the village. There are 778 homes of which 513 are permanent and 265 are modular with 355 units arranged around the site.

Post-Olympics, it has 500 one and two storey houses and 430 apartments, supplemented by local parks and a shopping and leisure centre.

The architectural styling throughout Newington is conservative, but significantly more stylish than other mid-market houses thanks to the involvement of some of Sydney’s leading architects.

The green theme of environmental responsibility is emphasised throughout with solar collectors, orientation, roof overhangs and Pilkington Insulight™ insulating glass units.
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Project Details
Newington, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Opening Date
Building Type
  • Residential / Domestic
About the Architect/Installer
Mirvac Design worked with larger architectural practices such as Cox Richardson, PTW, and Hassell, as well as small practices including Eeles Trelease, Vote Associates, Tanner and Associates, Gordon and Valich, Virginia Kerridge Architects, Grose Bradley Associates, Order Architects and Tonkin Zulhaika, to produce a variety of housing types.